It is a fact, universally acknowledged, that the French know how to deliver in the hair department. Some of the best – and most iconic – hairstyles have belonged to the French – think Jane Birkin with her effortless bangs; Brigitte Bardot, with her undone up-do; and Catherine Deneuve with those voluminous blow-dries; which is why we follow their lead when it comes to beauty. If they’re doing it, we want to know about it.
With a certain Je ne sais quois, they approach their hair with a light touch. Even if they have spent hours in the salon chair, the aim is to look like they’ve done the opposite – of course, they woke up like that. This translates into haircuts and styles with a natural finish – it’s all about mussed-up texture and haircuts that do the talking for them.
Here are 5 of the hairstyles our Parisian counterparts are asking for this autumn, winter and beyond. Mais oui!
The French bob
The definition of a “French” bob? Something that feels effortless and slightly imperfect, with shattered ends and lots of natural movement. Bobs are the hottest hairstyle around right now, and the French iteration can be adapted to every face shape.
The mussed-up shag
A great style for those with all hair textures – particularly curls – the shag features lots of face-framing layers and is a favourite with models – they regularly appear on the Chanel catwalks. Requiring a good haircut, Isabelle Huppert’s recent shag is a great example of a French woman nailing the look in style, while other examples include Stevie Nicks and Mica Arganaraz.
Long hair with bangs
The perfect way to elevate long hair? With some curtain or bottleneck bangs, of course. An undone fringe is one of the most requested styles in Paris, and can completely transform your look. Worn with subtle, air-dried waves and a centre parting, you simply can’t go wrong.
Whether full ‘fro or a tumble of 2A waves, the French sensibility is all about working with – and elevating – your natural texture. The key is to lend definition with styling creams and moisture products, without making hair look too done.
The claw clip bun
The ultimate day-to-day up-do in France? Twisting your hair up into a bun and securing with a claw clip. It’s easy and breezy and takes seconds to do at home.